Cast Recording of THE UNSUBMERSIBLE MOLLY BROWN with Beth Malone and more is now available
She hasn’t fallen yet! Presented by the award-winning Transport Group production in collaboration with Music Theater International, this studio recording of The Unsinkable Molly Brown is out now. The Unsinkable Molly Brown features original score and lyrics by Meredith Willson plus unknown gems from Willson’s vault, with new book and added lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and liner notes by Luis Miranda. The album was recorded on December 12, 2021.
“As well as preserving a show that has been one of the happiest and most fulfilling of my career, part of the thrill of recording this score is introducing songs by Meredith Willson that no one has ever heard before. the new The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” -Dick Scanlan.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown is produced by Michael Croiter, Michael Rafter and Dick Scanlan. The album features orchestrations by Larry Hochman and additional orchestrations by Michael Starobin and Bruce Coughlin. Meredith Willson’s musical adaptation was provided by Michael Rafter. The album is recorded by Andy Manganello. Musical coordination by Joey Chancey, musical preparation by Howard Begin. Musical assistance by Nick Stephens with Jill Dell’Abate as production manager. Script supervision, Covid compliance and production assistance by Stephanie Prugh. The recording was mixed and edited by Michael Croiter at Yellow Sound Lab, New York, NY, and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper, Turtle Tone Mastering, New York, NY. The album was recorded at Power Station in Berklee, New York, NY. MTI is the exclusive licensor of performance rights to The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
The cast of The Transport Group featured on the album includes Tony Award nominee Beth Malone, David Aron Damane, Whitney Bashor, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Alex Gibson, Paolo Montalban, Paula Leggett Chase, Lauryn Ciardullo, Karl Josef Co, Kaitlyn Davidson, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Gregg Goodbrod, Michael Halling, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Keven Quillon and CoCo Smith.
The group is under the direction of Joey Chancey. With Meg Zervoulis on acoustic piano and synth, Suzy Perelman on violin, Joe Wallace on double bass, Micah Burgess on arch top, steel strings, banjo and mandolin. John Skinner plays alto saxophone, clarinet, flute and piccolo, and Justin Vance plays flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone. The group is completed by Jami Dauber on trumpet and flugelhorn, Alex Jeun on tenor and bass trombone and Barbara Merjan on percussion and drums.
List of tracks:
1. I’m Not Dead Yet (Molly, Vincenzo, Arthur, Erich, William, Miners)
2. The Wonderful Plan (Molly, Julia)
3. Just Becuz (Vincenzo, Erich, Arthur, Company)
4. I already started (JJ, Vincenzo, Erich, Arthur)
5. Dancing to the Saddle Rock (Orchestra)
6. Belly Up to the Bar, Boys (Molly, Arthur, Erich, Vincenzo, Julia, JJ, Company)
7. I Already Began – Reprise (Vincenzo)
8. I’ll Never Say No/My Own Brass Bed (JJ, Molly)
9. He’s My Friend (Arthur, Vincenzo, Erich, Baby Doe, Tabor, Company)
10. Are you sure? (Molly, JJ, Tabor, Baby Doe, Company)
11. First Act Finale (Molly, JJ)
12. Beautiful People of Denver / The Sacred 36 (Molly, JJ, Louise Sneed-Hill, Company)
13. Share the Luck / He’s My Friend – Reprise (Molly, Company)
14. I would like to change everything about you (JJ, Molly)
15. Cuppa Tea (Julia, Molly, Louise Sneed-Hill, Sacred 36 Ladies)
16. If We Can-Can (Maud, Women)
17. The Dolce Trio
Dolce Far Niente (The Dolce Trio)
The same little chapel (JJ)
I may never fall in love with you (Molly)
18. Wait for Me (Molly)
19. Share the Luck – Reprise (Molly, Company)
20. Exit Music (Orchestra)
21. Bonus Track: Colorado My Home
The Transport Group’s production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown won the 2020 Off-Broadway Award for Best Revival and was nominated for the Drama Desk. It was in the middle of her critically acclaimed run at the Abrons Arts Center in New York when the COVID shutdown happened. The reworked version of Molly Brown by Meredith Willson stars Tony Award nominee Beth Malone in the title role with David Aron Damane (The Book of Mormon) as JJ, Whitney Bashor (MJ: The Musical) in the role of Julia, Omar Lopez-Cepero (On Your Feet!) as Vincenzo, Alex Gibson (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Erich, and Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures) as Arthur. This version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, seen regionally in Denver, Colorado, and St. Louis, Missouri, has music and lyrics by Willson (The Music Man), with additional songs from his catalog, and a new book ( based on the original by Richard Morris) and new lyrics by Tony-nominated Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture). The music is adapted by Michael Rafter (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and the production is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes, The Pajama Game). The musical tells “the rags-to-riches story of Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown – a turn-of-the-century heroine of the underdog, champion of women’s rights, fighter for labor rights, advocate for workplace reform. immigration – and, most famously, a survivor of the Titanic disaster.” But Brown is also a progressive woman, rejecting her destiny in a world ruled by men.
About Music Theater International
Music Theater International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theaters worldwide the right to perform the largest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theater as a dynamic and engaging art form. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists, and writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials, and dynamic theater resources to more than 100,000 professional, community, and school theaters across the United States and in more than 150 countries around the world. MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theater and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals intended for performance by elementary and middle school performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals rated for performance by high school students. MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).
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